To the manners scorned: upper class more likely to lie, cheat, study finds

Nickie Phillips
Sydney Morning Herald

IF YOU’VE ever been bullied by a luxury four-wheel-drive owner in the eastern suburbs, you know money does not buy manners.

A group of psychologists have observed people from different financial backgrounds and shown upper-class citizens were more likely to lie, cheat and break the law than their lower-class peers.

The findings could help explain recent examples of unethical behaviour, such as the greed and indifference of many of Wall Street’s elite which sparked the global financial crisis.

The researchers believe cash and connections to mop up the consequences of their unethical behaviour may be one reason the rich can be unruly.

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